Skip to Main Content
The University of Alabama School of Law
Bounds Law Library
Bounds Law Library
Bounds Law Library
Featured Books - October
by Justin Huston on
Roy L. Brooks
Call Number: KF4755 .B7577 2022
Publication Date: 2022-03-17
From Amazon: "The US Supreme Court's legitimacy-its diminishing integrity and contribution to the good of society-is being questioned today like no other time in recent memory. Criticisms reflect the perspectives of both 'insiders' (straight white males) and 'outsiders' (mainly people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community). Neither perspective digs deep enough to get at the root of the Court's legitimacy problem, which is one of process. The Court's process of decision-making is antiquated and out of sync with a society that looks and thinks nothing like the America of the eighteenth century, when the process was first implemented. The current process marginalizes many Americans who have a right to feel disenfranchised. Leading scholar of jurisprudence Roy L. Brooks demonstrates how the Court can modernize and democratize its deliberative process, to be more inclusive of the values and life experiences of Americans who are not straight white males."
Representative Opinions of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Nancy Gertner
Call Number: KF213.G56 G56 2022
Publication Date: 2022-05-01
From Amazon: "Edited with introductory material by Judge Nancy Gertner (Retired), this anthology consists of representative opinions from Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s truly extraordinary body of work―both her significant majority opinions and her pointed dissents. It includes the opinions for which Justice Ginsburg was best known, concerning race and gender discrimination, affirmative action, and discrimination on the basis of disabilities, and also those opinions on civil and criminal procedure which, while less known to the general public, figure prominently in law school curricula and litigation across the country. It likewise includes her dissents in the cases that have defined the Supreme Court’s recent terms―dissents in the challenges to Obamacare, the case constricting the Voting Rights Act, the expansion of the rights of religious minorities at the expense of the rights of women or LGBTQ citizens, and the cases restricting access to contraception. Simultaneously radical and restrained, passionate but always collegial, the late Justice leaves a body of legal writings that, in her own words, sought to 'get it right and keep it tight.' This carefully curated anthology serves as an indispensable guide to the legacy of a judicial giant."
Justice on the Brink
Call Number: KF8742 .G743 2021
Publication Date: 2021-11-09
From Amazon: "The gripping story of the Supreme Court’s transformation from a measured institution of law and justice into a highly politicized body dominated by a right-wing supermajority, told through the dramatic lens of its most transformative year, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning law columnist for
The New York Times
'A dazzling feat ... meaty, often scintillating and sometimes scary ... Greenhouse is a virtuoso of SCOTUS analysis.' - The Washington Post
In Justice on the Brink, legendary journalist Linda Greenhouse gives us unique insight into a court under stress, providing the context and brilliant analysis readers of her work in
The New York Times
have come to expect. In a page-turning narrative, she recounts the twelve months when the court turned its back on its legacy and traditions, abandoning any effort to stay above and separate from politics. With remarkable clarity and deep institutional knowledge, Greenhouse shows the seeds being planted for the court’s eventual overturning of
Roe v. Wade
, expansion of access to guns, and unprecedented elevation of religious rights in American society. Both a chronicle and a requiem,
Justice on the Brink
depicts the struggle for the soul of the Supreme Court, and points to the future that awaits all of us."
The Law of Judicial Precedent
Bryan A. Garner; William H. Pryor; Thomas M. Reavley; Jeffrey S. Sutton; Diane P. Wood; Stephen G. Breyer (Foreword by); Carlos T. Bea; Rebecca White Berch; Neil M. Gorsuch; Harris L. Hartz; Nathan L. Hecht; Brett Michael Kavanaugh; Alex Kozinski; Sandra L. Lynch
Call Number: KF429 .G37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-01
From Amazon: "The Law of Judicial Precedent is the first hornbook-style treatise on the doctrine of precedent in more than a century. It is the product of 13 distinguished coauthors, 12 of whom are appellate judges whose professional work requires them to deal with precedents daily. Together with their editor and coauthor, Bryan A. Garner, the judges have thoroughly researched and explored the many intricacies of the doctrine as it guides the work of American lawyers and judges. The treatise is organized into nine major topics, comprising 93 blackletter sections that elucidate all the major doctrines relating to how past decisions guide future ones in our common-law system. The author's goal was to make the book theoretically sound, historically illuminating, and relentlessly practical. The breadth and depth of research involved in producing the book will be immediately apparent to anyone who browses its pages and glances over the footnotes: it would have been all but impossible for any single author to canvass the literature so comprehensively and then distill the concepts so cohesively into a single authoritative volume. More than 2,500 illustrative cases discussed or cited in the text illuminate the points covered in each section and demonstrate the law's development over several centuries. The cases are explained in a clear, commonsense way, making the book accessible to anyone seeking to understand the role of precedents in American law. Never before have so many eminent coauthors produced a single lawbook without signed sections, but instead writing with a single voice. Whether you are a judge, a lawyer, a law student, or even a nonlawyer curious about how our legal system works, you're sure to find enlightening, helpful, and sometimes surprising insights into our system of justice."
Call Number: KF8742 .H85 2020
Publication Date: 2020-06-16
From Amazon: "The Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times presents a richly detailed, news-breaking, and conversation-changing look at the unprecedented political fight to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant by Antonin Scalia’s death - using it to explain the paralyzing and all but irreversible dysfunction across all three branches in the nation’s capital.
The embodiment of American conservative thought and jurisprudence, Antonin Scalia cast an expansive shadow over the Supreme Court for three decades. His unexpected death in February 2016 created a vacancy that precipitated a pitched political fight. That battle would not only change the tilt of the court, but the course of American history. It would help decide a presidential election, fundamentally alter longstanding protocols of the United States Senate, and transform the Supreme Court - which has long held itself as a neutral arbiter above politics - into another branch of the federal government riven by partisanship. In an unprecedented move, the Republican-controlled Senate, led by majority leader, Mitch McConnell, refused to give Democratic President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, a confirmation hearing. Not one Republican in the Senate would meet with him. Scalia’s seat would be held open until Donald Trump’s nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017.
Carl Hulse has spent more than 30 years covering the machinations of the beltway. In Confirmation Bias, he tells the story of this history-making battle to control the Supreme Court through exclusive interviews with McConnell, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and other top officials, Trump campaign operatives, court activists, and legal scholars, as well as never-before-reported details and developments.
Richly textured and deeply informative, Confirmation Bias provides much-needed context, revisiting the judicial wars of the past two decades to show how those conflicts have led to our current polarization. He examines the politicization of the federal bench and the implications for public confidence in the courts, and takes us behind the scenes to explore how many long-held democratic norms and entrenched, bipartisan procedures have been erased across all three branches of government."
Supreme Quotes: Surprising Quotations in Supreme Court Opinions
Evan J. Roth
Call Number: KF8742.A35 R68 2022
Publication Date: 2022-07-15
From Amazon: "What do Clark Gable, The Dalai Lama, Mark Twain, and Bob Dylan all have in common? They’ve each been quoted in a Supreme Court opinion. Supreme Quotes: Surprising Quotations in Supreme Court Opinions collects surprising quotations used by Supreme Court justices to spice up their opinions and highlight the crux of a case’s underlying dispute. For each entry, Supreme Quotes presents the quote first, inviting readers to wonder why the Justice might have selected it. Then, a contextual summary provides the answer, offering an engaging way to learn about the underlying subject matter. Every case involves a matter of great public importance. For example, Justice Brennan quoted George Orwell’s 1984 as part of his dissent in Florida v. Riley, an important search-and-seizure case. Similarly, Justice Stewart quoted Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 in Parker v. Levy, a court-martial case arising out of opposition to the Vietnam War. Likewise, Chief Justice Rehnquist quoted Shakespeare’s Othello in Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co., one of the Court’s most important defamation cases. In each case, the selected quotation reveals the Justice’s mindset about the disputed legal issue. Supreme Quotes is an excellent reference book for everyone from legal professionals to those with a casual interest in political issues. At the same time, Supreme Quotes is entirely apolitical. As a result, for those tired of the political back-and-forth, Supreme Quotes offers an entertaining approach to legal issues of national importance."
Law, Society & Politics
Marvin L. Astrada
Call Number: KF8742 .A88 2021
Publication Date: 2021-05-25
From Amazon: "This book explores critical questions pertaining to the character and content of the 'American People' as posited in the US Supreme Court’s interpretation of the fundamental law. What exactly is an American? Who or what comprise the People? What are the constitutive sociocultural, political, and economic ordering principles of the American People and society? How does the Court impact the nationalist character and content of law and policy? From a sociocultural, economic, political, and ideological perspective, the Court’s singular proclamations as to what the US Constitution means, what is its purpose, and how it is to be perceived and implemented have profound consequences for representational politics and notions of what exactly constitutes the American polity. This book employs a critical, conceptual, and structural approach, critically examining the notion of the People in constitutional discourse, and its impact on government, politics, law, and society in the present."
The U. S. Supreme Court
Salem Press (ed)
Call Number: KF8742 .U5 2016
Publication Date: 2016-11-30
From Amazon: "The U.S. Supreme Court is a comprehensive survey of the history and functions of the institution for which it is named. Although it has only nine unelected members, the Court alone can overturn the actions of every other branch of government, at all levels. There is no other institution quite like the Supreme Court in the United States or anywhere else in the world. This comprehensive set provides accessible information on all the Supreme Court Justices, articles on key constitutional issues and hundreds of landmark cases. In addition, The U.S. Supreme Court contains essays on types of law, such as administrative law, bankruptcy law, and state constitutions, individual pieces of legislation, clauses and amendments to the U.S. Constitution, specific historical events and eras, along with an explanation of the procedures and mechanics of how the Supreme Court works. Completely updated, this edition of The U.S. Supreme Court provides many new entries, including new analysis of the cases and decisions that affect gun rights, campaign finance, same-sex marriage, class-action lawsuits, and the future of unions, to name just a few. Easy-to-understand entries provide students and researchers with a broad understanding of the power of the Supreme Court and how it functions, alongside an in-depth analysis of the cases and decisions that have shaped American life. Some topics to included: Freedom of Speech and the Press; Gender Issues; Areas of Law; Separation of Powers and Voting Rights; Religious Issues; Defendant Rights; Presidential Powers and much more!"
Add a Comment
Search this Blog
Featured Items - Women of Color in the Law
Law Library Closing for Severe Weather (2/16/2023)
Featured Items - Black History Month
Featured Books - Career Resources
1L Legal Research - Spring Review
Enter your e-mail address to receive notifications of new posts by e-mail.
View blog archive by month and year
Return to Blog
This post is closed for further discussion.
Powered by Springshare.
All rights reserved.
Login to LibApps
Report a problem.
Featured Books - Octoberby Justin Huston on 2022-10-12T08:44:00-05:00 | 0 Comments
Add a Comment